The Trial Of The Chicago 7

The Story

The film is based on the infamous 1969 trial of seven defendants charged by the federal government with conspiracy and more, arising from the countercultural protests in Chicago at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. The trial transfixed the nation and sparked a conversation about mayhem intended to undermine the U.S. government.

The Good

I love the montage at the start of the movie of all the characters getting ready to go to Chicago to demonstrate against the Vietnam war. You get to meet all of the Chicago 7 and how all their stories come together, it was a cool way to introduce everyone. The cast are all great, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is solid as the lead federal prosecutor. Frank Langella is great as the judge who presided over the trial. Eddie Redmayne is excellent as Tom Hayden, Sacha Baron Cohen and Jeremy Strong are stellar as defendants Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin. Michael Keaton makes a surprise appearance too, I say surprise because I didn’t even know he was in the movie. The writing and direction is great too.

The Bad

I haven’t really got a bad thing to say about this movie, as I really enjoyed it.

The Verdict

The Trial Of The Chicago 7 is a well written, acted and directed movie. I didn’t know a lot about this trial, but it tells the story in a good way and it’s still relevant today.

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ out of five stars.

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